Archive for January, 2013

January 31, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day Patch

National Girl Scout Cookie Day PatchGirl Scouts of Northern Illinois is looking forward to celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day next Friday, February 8. If you have not heard how we are planning to celebrate, you can read this post with all of the details.

Best of all, people who attend the event can purchase the first-ever, commemorative National Girl Scout Cookie Patch from the Council Store! This trendy collector’s item is a fun way for girls and adults to show their support of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

You can also promote National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Twitter! Just use the hashtag, #onemorebox to share your support and be entered in a national contest.

We hope you join us for all of the fun on National Girl Scout Cookie Day!

January 28, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day

National Girl Scout Cookie DayGirl Scouts of the USA has declared Friday, February 8, as the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! National Girl Scout Cookie Day highlights the 5 Skills Girl Scouts learn through the World’s Largest Girl-led Business – The Girl Scout Cookie Program. These skills include: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.

“Everyone knows how tasty Girl Scout Cookies are, but many customers don’t realize that they’re also helping girls build money management and people skills,” said Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chavez. “The girl who sells you Thin Mints today may be running a business, reversing the deficit, and improving your community within a matter of years. Just ask our 59 million Girl Scout alumnae, including 70 percent of the women now serving as U.S. senators.”

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is celebrating by offering a FREE Girl Scout Cookie tasting to the public from 4–6 p.m. at each of our four Service Centers.

Elgin Service Center
12N124 Coombs Road
Elgin, IL 60124
Freeport Service Center
5040 Business Rt. 20 W
Freeport, IL 61032
Rockford Service Center
2820 McFarland Road
Rockford, IL 61107
Sugar Grove Service Center
200 New Bond
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

People can taste free samples of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies or try new flavors! Local Girl Scouts will be on-hand to talk about how the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides them with savvy business skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. Community members will also have the opportunity to order cookies locally and support girls in their own neighborhoods!

Cookie lovers and social media fans can also support National Girl Scout Cookie Day by tweeting their favorite Girl Scout Cookie using the hashtag, #onemorebox and be entered in a nationwide contest!

Local girls will join Girl Scouts across the nation as they ask over 50 million cookie fans to buy or order more boxes in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world! Find cookies and visit Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois online at

Come celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day with GSNI! See you Friday, February, 8!

January 25, 2013

Reflections from the Presidential Inauguration

This past Monday, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) National President, Connie L. Lindsay and GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez attended the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. This was the first time in 30 years members of GSUSA have been officially invited to this historic event. We wanted to share with you, Anna Maria Chávez’s reflections on what she witnessed that day.

All presidential inaugurations are remarkable historical events that carry with them the hopes, dreams, and goodwill of our nation.  It is a moment that can, if only for a day, bind us together as citizens of a great nation. As an avid student of history, I was moved by the ceremony and its place in our public life, and how it can stir within us a sense of patriotism and an even deeper appreciation of that daring vision harbored by the framers of the Constitution: a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

During his speech, President Obama alluded to our national creed: to create an America where everyone has the opportunity to find dignity in work, and where “a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anyone else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”

Our Movement is all about living up to that creed by empowering that little girl to find her own voice; to have the tenacity of will and the confidence of spirit to overcome the obstacles placed in her path and achieve greatness in spite of them. Every day, in every zip code in the country, Girl Scouts are working to live out the true meaning of the President’s words, and help bring about a society where equality of opportunity is not simply a philosophical principle, but a lived experience for girls and young women across America.

Today, we are playing a vital role in molding girls of courage, confidence and character who will lead our nation towards new horizons.  Girl Scouts is one of a precious few nonprofit organizations with the distinction of being chartered by the United States Congress and thus we hold a special place in our country.

At Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, we appreciate your membership, volunteerism and support as we work as a group to build the next generation of leaders.